Welcoming Lisa Hartwick, Registered Clinical Counsellor to the Rise Health team!

I am passionate about good relations, human development, awareness, connection to humanity and the natural world, and finding elegant ways through complex personal and relationship issues. I have an adventurous family with 3 boys and bring 20 years of experience in clinical and therapeutic settings working directly with individuals, couples, families, and groups.

I hold a Bachelor of Science in Rehabilitation Medicine from UBC and a Masters in Transpersonal Counselling Psychology from Naropa University in Colorado. Therapeutic influences include somatic trauma therapies, nature and mindfulness practices, neuroscience, attachment, experiential therapies, as well as Integral theory. I have been deeply influenced by Indigenous culture, Buddhist psychology, nature-based practice, social action and justice, and have professional certification in gestalt, EMDR, group facilitation, and equine psychotherapy (candidate). My early work as an occupational therapist in mental health provided expertise for working with the whole person across the spectrum of mental health/illness, as well as training and use of well-known evidence-based modalities such as CBT and DBT.

Psychotherapy is about being supported in the interior work of gaining clarity and balance, restoring honest dialogue, integrating and transforming some of the shadow or unconscious aspects of self, becoming more aligned with body and mind, and feeling more alive, creative, connected, and present in your life. I can help you through personal transitions and pivotal times and with the challenging experiences in your life, including those related to relationships, family, parenting, patterns of personality, anxiety, trauma, addictions, stress, grief, and loss.

I believe that people have the ability to become stronger, more open and capable than they often think. Finding a good therapeutic alliance with a balance of kindness, directness, knowledge, and authentic contact can lead to new possibilities, flexibility, transformation, and greater intimacy and ease in your life.

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